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I was curious as to what the AA(L)RP (With a nod to Rush Limbaugh, that’s the American Association of [Liberal] Retired Persons) would say about the Virginia Governor’s race and guess what?  Here’s the article and here’s a highlight:

Virginia voters get a choice this year between gubernatorial candidates with strongly divergent views on issues important to older Americans.

Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are competing in the Nov. 5 election, one of only two gubernatorial races in the country this year.

OOPS!  I think the article left out somebody:  Libertarian Robert Sarvis.  Yes the guy polling in several polls in double digits.  I wonder if the AARP readers would like to know more.  They can go here – for more info.

In other Sarvis news, we have the first of what should be many articles that hints at good things for the Libertarian.  They say he could well poll over 10% in the poll that counts – the one on November 5!  Try this out:

A third-party candidacy is always an uphill battle, particularly for a candidate like Sarvis, who is not well known and has little in the way of money or a ground organization. But Sarvis could pull in double-digit support in November, potentially influencing the outcome of what is likely to be a low-turnout contest.

If Sarvis gets ten percent, the LP becomes a recognized political party in the Commonwealth and can run candidates without onerous petition drives.  I think Sarvis can even win.  It’s a long shot.  But if he keeps doing things like running an excellent TV ad during a debate that excluded him, it can happen.  Perhaps Sarvis should bottle some of the Jesse Ventura spirit by bringing the former MN governor to VA for a speaking tour and maybe even a fundraiser!  (Here’s Ventura’s FB page if you want to politely encourage him to help Sarvis.  Remember Sandy’s rule:  Be respectful and classy!)

Here’s some ink and video on the ad coup:

From a Washington Post blog:

The most interesting thing about the Virginia gubernatorial debate Wednesday night wasn’t the bitter personal attacks between the two lackluster candidates from the dominant political parties. It was the television ad by the man who wasn’t there.

Check out the comments at this blog:

jeromearmstrong said:

I caught that, and was impressed that the campaign managed to cobble enough together to get it done. I hope it starts an avalanche of support for Sarvis. He has my vote.

Third Party? said:

If Sarvis gets 10% of the popular vote, the Libertarian Party will be defined as a ‘recognized party’ per the Code of Virginia subsection 24.2-101.

This would allow the Libertarian Party to focus on campaigning instead of trying to meet Virginia’s onerous and costly 10,000 signature requirement for ballot access in statewide elections, levels the playing field, and creates a more competitive political environment here in VA.

Therefore, a vote for Sarvis is more than just a vote for a man; a vote for Sarvis is a WIN for all Virginians, our Commonwealth, and our constitutional republic.

This is from TV 6 in Richmond:

He may not have been invited to debate, but Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis will get his message across to Virginia voters.

Sarvis will debut a campaign ad during Wednesday night’s gubernatorial debate. The ad, which is already posted online, will air in Northern Virginia.

And this is from another leading TV station in Hampton Roads:

Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis debuted his first TV spot during the gubernatorial debate Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The 30-second spot highlights reasons why he wouldn’t vote for Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe or Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli and why he decided to run for governor.

Is there the beginning of a ground swell of support for the Libertarian?  We’ll see after the next poll.  What Ken Cuccinelli should have done is insisted that the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce invite Sarvis.  Something like this:

“I paid for this microphone”, the attorney general said as he gave the remainder of his time to the Libertarian…

Might have turned his campaign around.


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Ellie Lockwood says:

    Sarvis reminds me of another un-vetted candidate with a Harvard degree, and we know how well that’s worked out. Obama could have been vetted but the MSM chose not to.

    Sarvis entered this late quite late, he has NOT been vetted. You know exactly about him what he wants you to know, unless I’m missing something more in depth than his résumé.

    We know Terry McAuliffe tried bribing Ralph Nader to help Al Gore in his Primary. We know Terry has done all he can to co-opt that fool Bill Bolling. Given McAuliffe’s ethics issues, his MO suggests there have been overtures to the Sarvis campaign. Before swooning, don’t you think you need to know what those contacts were? I certainly do!

  2. Gene says:

    We also know that Terry McAuliffe will be the next Governor of Virginia. We also know that if we are
    fortunate, Terry will stop the Republican tax increases and big spending of the last four years.

    Like the largest tax increase in Virginia history by Tea Party McDonnell. Cuccinnelli has been vetted by the same Tea Party that vetted McDonnell. Expect more of the same, tax increases and big spending.

    When Terry is Governor, we will not have a loaner Corporate Ferrari in the Governor’s mansion drive way.

    Put the cuffs on Cuccinelli, vote for McAuliffe!

  3. Lefty says:

    It will be interesting to see if the McAuliffe issues disappear the day after election. I win either way, Sarvis or McAuliffe. We all lose with Cuccinnelli! Thanks Sandy.


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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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